Rotarix Warnings and Precautions
In order to help minimize risks, warnings and precautions for Rotarix should be reviewed before your child gets vaccinated. Some vaccinated children may shed the virus in the stool and transmit it to others; if your child has close contacts with weakened immune systems, ask a healthcare provider if you should postpone Rotarix or not get your child vaccinated at all.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before My Child Gets Rotarix?
You should talk to a healthcare provider before your child receives Rotarix® (rotavirus vaccine) if your child is moderately to severely ill or has:
- An immune-suppressing condition such as HIV or AIDS, diabetes, or cancer
- Any relatives or other close contact with a weakened immune system
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- A blood disorder
- A gastrointestinal (digestive) problem or condition
- Had any sort of a reaction to any vaccine in the past
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Make sure to tell the healthcare provider about any medications your child is taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
In March 2010, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that this vaccine should not be used, at least temporarily, since DNA from porcine circovirus type 1 (PCV1) has been found in the vaccine. This means that DNA from a virus found in pigs has been found in the vaccine. However, in May 2010, the FDA announced that it is safe to begin using Rotarix again, since PCV1 poses no known health risks to humans.